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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ponchatoula Woman Sentenced for Theft of Mail

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JESSICA HENDERSON BERTHELOT, age 29, of Ponchatoula, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to Theft of Mail.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced BERTHELOT to six (6) months incarceration, restitution in the amount of $2,650.00, as well as three (3) years supervised release. 

According to court records, the investigation was initiated in September 2015, by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Postal Inspection Service after determining that BERTHELOT was stealing mail from residential mailboxes on the Northshore.    Postal inspectors determined BERTHELOT stole approximately 1,428 items of mail.  

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution of this case was handled by Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

 

Updated November 18, 2016